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The Life of Riley was a television show that ran from 1953- 1958 with a total of 217 episodes. The show was a sitcom comedy and ran for approximately a half an hour. It was produced by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and was shot in the classic black and white color. The show was initially a radio show in the 1940s and eventually adapted for television by the same producer of the radio series, Irving Brecher. It originally aired on January 2nd, 1953 at 12pm.
The series follows Chester Riley (originally played by Jackie Gleason and then later by William Bendix) who works as an aircraft controller. The focus primarily, however, was on his life at home with his wife and children and the comically mundane aspects of their everyday lives. The show's plot lines often revolved around a warm hearted, disaster prone Riley and his tendency of turning any situation disastrous. In many ways, Riley is considered to be the prototype for the later popular blue collar characters of modern television.